Comments: The burden of Brown is a taxing matter

An interesting column, and it is encouraging to see that someone else has spotted the rather major flaw in S&W's figures. Both the Conservatives and the Adam Smith Institute pounced on these figures with great fanfare - I've emailed them both to point out the error, but neither has responded or made a public correction, which says a lot about their own credibility.

Posted by Jim at September 16, 2004 12:27 PM

Highly recommended site on this subject:

DONT YOU MIND THE TAX BURDEN PERHAPS ?
Despite high productivity Europe's economic performances are weak.
Europe's prosperity and employment stagnates. A wrong tax policy is the cause.
http://landelijkwonen.bkln.net/DONT-YOU-MIND-THE-TAX-BURDEN-PERHAPS.html

EUROPE : 5% GROWTH IS NO UTOPIA.
Plan for prosperity and total employment.
http://landelijkwonen.bkln.net/5-PCT-GROWTH-NO-UTOPIA.html

SHOULD WE STIMULATE CONSUMPTION OR PRODUCTION?
Consequences for employment and prosperity of two economic strategies
http://landelijkwonen.bkln.net/SHOULD-WE-STIMULATE-CONSUMPTION-OR-PRODUCTION.html

CAUSES OF GROWTH DIFFERENTIALS IN EUROPE.
Tax policies for growth and job creation.
http://landelijkwonen.bkln.net/CAUSES-OF-GROWTH-DIFFERENTIALS-IN-EUROPE.html

GROWTH STRATEGY AS A SOLUTION FOR GRAYING POPULATIONS.
Economic analysis with comparison of Irish and Belgian policies.
http://landelijkwonen.bkln.net/GROWTH-STRATEGY-AS-A-SOLUTION-FOR-GRAYING-POPULATIONS.html

IS EUROPE'S SOCIAL SYSTEM SUSTAINABLE IN 2010 ?
Two scenarios in an era of graying population.
http://landelijkwonen.bkln.net/IS-EUROPES-SOCIAL-SYSTEM-SUSTAINABLE-IN-2010.html

Posted by Daniel Roberts at March 16, 2005 12:03 AM

THE IRISH FAIR TAX MODEL. How to boost the economy to 5% growth.

Irish wealth grew with over 167% between 1984 and 2002. Average European wealth grew at less than a quarter of that pace. Irish industrial jobs increased with 35% in this period, while in the rest of Europe industrial employment caved in. While the rest of the world was booming, the European economy gradually slided into stagnation or even recession.

Why is Ireland so different? Why could Ireland devellop into the second most prosperous country of Europe in barely a half generation of time? The Irish socio-economic model is a perfect synthesis of the social welfare state and Anglosaxisch liberalism. Its model differs from the rest of Europe by its "fair tax system": an optimal combination of MODERATE AND EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT SPENDING (35% of GDP) and A BALANCED REPARTITION of the TAX BURDEN between direct and consumption taxes.

The irish model provides the incentives for productive contribution, for dynamic entrepreneurship and a high participation rate. The Irish model is successful. Today Ireland meets the challenges of globalisation and the demographic time bomb. Ever more European countries adopt Irish policies, particularly in the East.

Also in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany could boost growth, job creation, and wealth by implementing the strategy of decreasing their demotivating taxation, and shifting the tax burden from income to consumption. Ireland showed that it can be done and that the strategy works. Where does one wait for?

More over the Irish success story, how and why can be found at following adresses:
(Dutch and Frensh versions now available at the same web site)

http://workforall.net/
http://workforall.net/EN_Tax_policy_for_growth_and_jobs.html
http://workforall.net/EN_Europe_direct_and_indirect_tax_burden.html
http://workforall.net/EN_Europe_social_security_sustainability.html





Posted by workforall at October 5, 2005 06:14 PM